Boys Junior Varsity Basketball, Boys Varsity Basketball · Stars hold off Mounties for first win

Dec 15, 2018

NEW MARKET — The Southmont Mounties were looking to get momentum on their side as they faced the Western Boone Stars in a varsity doubleheader after the girls took the floor.

The last time the Stars beat the Mounties was a 57-50 victory during the 2016 Sugar Creek Classic on January 9 of that year.

The Mounties, coached by Jake Turner, came out looking to turn their luck around after a 1-7 start to their season, but the Stars built a 28-20 halftime lead, held on to win 48-44, and ended a three-game skid to the Mounties for their first victory of the season.

“Southmont really gave us a run in the fourth,” Western Boone coach Bronson Lickliter said. “Our guys played with poise and they all stepped up when the pressure was on. Free throws down the stretch played a big part in our win tonight.”

Southmont (1-8, 1-2) outscored Western Boone (1-2, 1-1) 20-11 in the final period, but was unable to complete the comeback.

Justin Howard, a senior for the Mounties, put up six points in the first, both in the form of 3-pointers. Senior Cole Roach connected on a pair of field goals while Austin Bowman connected on a three of his own.

Western Boone senior Lucas Morton had a great first quarter, scoring 10 on a pair of threes and two-point field goals, each. Patrick Shallenberger put infour while Cortez Stoudemire and Spencer wright both scored two.

Offensively, the Mounties were held silent during the second quarter, only scoring six points while the Stars were able to put up 10 in the second, including two three’s coming from Morton and Connor Hole. The Mounties were once again held silent due to a stifling Stars defense in the third.

“We have several areas we need to work on and holes we need to patch”, Turner said.

Morton was the leading scorer for the Stars in the third, putting up five points, a field goal and a three. Young and Hole both scored two in the quarter. Morton led all scorers with 20 points.

The Mounties offense got going in the fourth quarter, putting up 20 total points of offense. Leading the way in the fourth for the Mounties was Howard with 10 points, half of those coming from free throws. Howard scored 19 to lead the Mounties. Howard finished his night connecting on 5-of- 6 attempted free throws.

The Mounties will play at North Vermillion tonight at 7:30 p.m., while Western Boone travels to Fountain Central for a 7:30 p.m. tip.